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Drivers can reduce the risks of being in car accidents

Every time New Jersey motorists take the wheel, they run the risk of being in a car accident. While they may not always be able to avoid being in a crash, there are things drivers can do to cut down on the risks of causing an accident.

One of the smartest decisions is to only drive while fully awake and alert. Drowsy driving, which is considered a form of distracted driving, is involved in roughly 21 percent of fatal car crashes. Signs a driver is distracted include blinking more frequently, falling asleep while stopped and swerving. Drivers who find themselves falling asleep at the wheel may want to drink caffeine beverages, talk with passengers or even pull over to refresh or take a nap.

Drivers who use a cell phone behind the wheel are also treading on dangerous ground. Furthermore, parents who do this put the lives of their children at risk. Cell phone usage among parents with kids in the car is reaching epidemic proportions. Whether parents are talking on their phones or texting, the risks of an accident are greatly increased. An average of 9 people are killed daily in the United States by distracted drivers.

Someone who has been injured in an accident caused by a drowsy or distracted driver could be entitled to monetary compensation through a personal injury claim. Such compensation could cover present and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney may be able to help a client obtain this compensation.

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